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‘Mirror, Mirror’ Movie Trailer

Oh to be the fairest of them all and to have two movies about you released in the same year. Such is the case with Snow White. It’s been well known for some time in the entertainment industry about the dueling Snows, er…movie versions, and it looks like the stakes just got higher. A few days ago Universal released the trailer to its version of the Snow White fable called ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ Now Relativity Media has unveiled their version called ‘Mirror, Mirror.’

While Kristen Steward (who plays the fair Snow in Universal’s version) has to deal with evil Queen Charlize Theron, Lily Collins (‘Abduction’, ‘Blind Side’) has Julia Roberts to handle. Playing the handsome Prince Charming is Armie Hammer (‘The Social Network’, ‘J Edgar’). Also starring in the movie is Sean Bean (‘The Game of Thrones’,’The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’) and Nathan Lane (‘The Lion King’, ‘The Birdcage’).

Here is the official synopsis for this adaptation:

When Snow White’s beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits. Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen.

During the press tour for his movie ‘The Immortals’, director Tarsem Singh has said that his version of Snow White is “sickeningly kiddie” and is a “fairy tale for children and the family.” This description alone from the director himself should give you an idea of what to expect but why don’t I let you decide?

‘Mirror, Mirror’ is as opposite to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ as one can get. While ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ brings more of a realistic dark adventure feel to the fairy tale, ‘Mirror,Mirror’ is more of a silly romantic comedy. Both are visually stunning with ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ being more epic whereas ‘Mirror, Mirror’ is more colorful. Singh was quite on the mark when he describes his movie as “kiddie.”

Depending on your mood, both versions could be enjoyable. If you are in the mood for a light hearted romp then ‘Mirror, Mirror’ is the ticket. If something more grand and adventurous is more your style, then you may prefer ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ However, based on the trailers alone, when I think of the Evil Queen, Theron wins hands down. Roberts’ Queen seems to be better suited with Disney’s Mad Hatter than with Snow White.

‘Mirror, Mirror’ has a theatrical release of March 16, 2012, three months before ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ Now that you’ve seen both trailers, which Snow White version do you think is the fairest of them all?

‘Mirror, Mirror’ Publicity Photos

To get more of an idea of the colorful visuals from this movie, here are a few publicity photos:

Julia Roberts Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mirror Mirror 

Armie Hammer Nathan Lane Julia Roberts Mirror Mirror

Lily Collins Snow White

Lily Collins Armie Hammer Mirror Mirror